Welcome to the Forum

Join in-depth discussions of SFI news, products, programs, and more with your fellow SFI affiliates. Brainstorm and share tips and ideas. Start new threads. Get your questions answered 24/7, become a Forum Guru, and more!

11x SUPPORT
Michael B.

United Kingdom

Gold Fast-Track
 
Posts: 541 | Followers: 484 | 13th year with SFI

6 posts
652 views

Real Estate Agencies in Sales #Marketing #Sales

3 days ago

Tracking numbers have rarely ever worked. Been like that for a long time despite requests to fix.

38 posts
2967 views

Have you noticed ? in Compensation #Compensation

12 days ago

It would be good to see it get back to where it was several years ago.

24 posts
2544 views

Can SFI try a suggestion, by making a "Gift Certificate Offer" for our New Affiliates? in Suggestion Box #Team Building

19 days ago

There is nothing more to give away.

I cannot see any point in giving them CSAs or PSAs or Cash until they have been through the training, proven they are committed and able to support and lead other people. You cannot lead without knowledge or commitment.

If people come to this business and are greeted with freebies the mindset starts to say THIS IS EASY. Better to give them your honesty, direction and leadership. That is more valuable than anything on offer. DUPLICATION was a word used here for many years. Don’t forget it.

10 posts
1171 views

What is it about this RECA in ECA Program #ECA

27 days ago

Hello Ibibie,
If you click on the little magnifying glass at the top of the page and type in ‘Rewardical ECA’ you will find most of the answers.

Hope this helps.

5 posts
810 views

Notifications For Rolled Up Affiliates and New PSAs on Alerts Tab in Suggestion Box

about 1 month ago

Hello Isabelle,
I have been here more than 12 years and have never had a problem receiving emails from SFI, I am simply NOT getting them. In my SFI inbox I get a notification the day after a new PSA has joined my team. That's up to 24 hours after they join. Not good enough.

I submitted a support ticket and received the response I expected. Not the correct answer to the issue.

To be delving around in SFi finding when new people join your team takes time away from being OUTSIDE marketing the business. My suggestions are aimed at making it simpler.

As for too many to list on the Alerts Tab, the function to VIEW MORE is already available

Best regards
Michael

5 posts
810 views

Notifications For Rolled Up Affiliates and New PSAs on Alerts Tab in Suggestion Box

about 1 month ago

Hello
A quick suggestion for the technical team here.

If we can have Birthdays and Anniversary alerts on the Alerts tab why not have alerts for affiliates who have rolled up to a new sponsor and notification of new PSAs and CSAs?

Surely this would be a valuable addition as there are no email alerts for rolled up team members and it appears to me that the New Affiliate emails sent from SFI are not getting sent, probably due to mailserver load.

Hope to see this addition to the Alerts tab.

11 posts
1673 views

Why should non SFI Affiliates participate in Pricebender? in Pricebenders #Pricebenders #TripleClicks

about 1 month ago

You are missing one vital word: free. The limit is that only free shipping is to the USA and Canada. Others can have their stuff shipped at the cost of shipping.

I would like to see where it states that we can pay the shipping to outside USA and Canada. Perhaps I missed an update which would be unusual.

Honestly there was never a need to charge shipping.

It was free shipping worldwide on items won at Pricebenders. If you calculated the cost of Tcredits used on an auction several years ago the cost of the item AND shipping was well covered, with plenty of profit for affiliate commissions, the executive pool AND SFI. I have never understood letting Pricebenders go the direction it has.

I am not going to disclose my commissions here but I can assure you they were significantly higher than they are today and that was due to the purchase of Tcredits used at Pricebenders. I could always see that by checking my Sales Report each month.

Unfortunately the focus and enthusiasm has diminished. I hope it can be revived.

11 posts
1673 views

Why should non SFI Affiliates participate in Pricebender? in Pricebenders #Pricebenders #TripleClicks

about 1 month ago

Hello Dave
I agree. There is a lack of attractive items for non-SFI affiliates. Years ago there was a very good range of items and the earnings were higher for affiliates with their TC Customers bidding on these items. The restrictions to only ship to the USA and Canada also decreased interest and the Your Dropshipping option never showed true value against the items actually won. I even had some of my top team members quit because of the changes and nothing has been the same since then.

I was happy to see Amazon vouchers but they are far between and just not enough to maintain interest.

There needs to be more physical items that can be won by anyone, anywhere in the world. I believe we will then see more interest leading to more income.

59 posts
10103 views

Experiment Complete! in Getting Started #Auto-Delivery #Compensation #Contests

2 months ago

Well done! That is why it is important to invest in your business = peace of mind. It also shows that it can be difficult for those that do not have the funds to invest. Not impossible but more difficult, especially if they do not get OUTSIDE of SFI and promote to others.

I applaud you Chris.

Michael

1 post
332 views

Getting Started Pages Need Updating in Bug Reports

2 months ago

Summary:
Provide a descriptive summary of the issue.
The Getting Started pages need updating with regards to Tripleclicks and Rewardicals. The information there at the moment must be creating some confusion for new affiliates.

Steps to Reproduce:
In numbered format, detail the exact steps taken to produce the bug.
1. Have a look at the following link and go through the process - www.sfimg.com/GettingStarted
Expected Results:
Describe what you expected to happen when you executed the steps above.
Correct information.
Actual Results:
Explain what actually occurred when steps above were executed.
Incorrect information
Regression:
Describe circumstances where the problem occurs or does not occur.

Notes:
Provide additional information, such as references to related problems, workarounds and relevant attachments.

8 posts
168 views

On the Rewardical Exchange page, in Miscellaneous #Rewardical #Sales

3 months ago

(Thread was removed due to forum protocol violations, toxicity, or obsolescence)

16 posts
1885 views

TRUST CONSIDERATION in Marketing #Getting Started #Marketing #Sales

3 months ago

Correct. Empathising with your customer, spouse, team members and any other person, is the only way you can relate to them. If you cannot put yourself in their shoes you will never fully understand their needs, wants or motivations.

The best leaders in the world have been and will be those that can empathise.

9 posts
1099 views

How to Send a Team Mail to a specific Group of my Downline! in Team Building #CSA #PSA #Team Building

3 months ago

Thank you Rania. This is well worth bookmarking and sharing with you teams.

18 posts
3120 views

Overpriced items in Sales #Sales

3 months ago

Great post Boris.
I was always taught that price disappears when the value and benefits suit the customer. A pink umbrella? I wouldn’t buy one for one dollar, but there are people who will pay one hundred dollars.

The product must match the needs of the customer. Learn what your customers needs, show you can deliver it immediately and price disappears.

72 posts
8021 views

The Noun Sponsor creates the problem... in Suggestion Box #Leadership #Sponsor #Team Building

3 months ago

Mentor is a great word!...but I think the problem is that 80% or more of those who sponsor someone would not come close to qualifying as a mentor, especially those that are just buying PSAs. This would also apply to coach, consultant, guide, etc.

The word we use sets an expectation for the new person of course, so if we were indeed going to change the term, we'd want to choose a word that sets the right expectation.

I am personally in favour of REFERRER as the word to use. It has been used in affiliate marketing for many years and I don't see any advantage in trying to change it. I have been involved with Affiliate Marketing even before it was known by that name. When I began it was called REFERRAL MARKETING.

Michael

72 posts
8021 views

The Noun Sponsor creates the problem... in Suggestion Box #Leadership #Sponsor #Team Building

3 months ago

I agree Leon. I have never liked the word SPONSOR and many people run from any business where the word SPONSOR is spoken. It gives the impression that they are going to have to SPONSOR other people, meaning that they will support them with finance as well as teaching them.

SFI teaches team members, we support them by answering questions that may not be covered by SFI, or missed by the team member.

I remember the walkathons at school when we would seek SPONSORS to pay us money for every mile we walked. The same impression may be given here at SFI.

Referrer is a much better word as would be Mentor?

Michael

39 posts
4619 views

Put Some Skin in the Game! No, I am not buying you a computer in Team Building #Getting Started #PSA #Team Building

3 months ago

Hi, Michael,

Which lead me to thinking: This entitlement mentality is not only prevalent among the poor, but also among common, healthy people with the ability to earn a living and not dependent on the government for doles and handouts.

I may be off topic here, but who can tell me the source of this "entitlement mentality"? This awful disease that seems to have no cure? This dreadful disease that seems to infest almost half of the world?


Like you, Michael, I have been asked for money. Early on, in my desire to help a struggling PSA who showed potential, I issued a Gift Certficate only to find it was used to buy a jewelry for a girlfriend and then did not do anything until his account was cancelled for lack of activity. Was I a sucker? Maybe, but I was only following the advice I found on the Checklist on the new Affiliate Profile...you know where it is.


Who started it?



Hello Gliceria
Thank you for commenting on my post. I was reading an article about entitlement (can't find the link now) and it blamed the generation born directly after the second world war in Western Societies. Well actually their parents.

That generation lived through a period of austerity and their parents who had been through so much hardship and pain (WWII), told them that they could have anything, be anything and if things failed for them society (social security) would support them. What was not passed on was the HARD WORK ethic and that they would need to go through struggle and pain of their own to achieve their goals.

This lead to another generation that had watched their parents get what they wanted, through work of through social support and they decided that they could just plod along and get what their parents had without too much hard work. I am from that generation. Fortunately I watched my parents work hard and they taught me to work hard and smart. Gave me books to read, by authors who are often quoted on SFI pages and I leaned to become self-sufficient. I even lived a self-sufficient farming life for a few years where if I didn't grow my own food I went hungry.

While I was doing that I watched my generation work hard, but not as hard as they needed to. I also watch people of my generation live of society and tell their children it was OK to do likewise, that they could have it for free if they wanted.

Entitlement is rife in the world. The good news is it is coming to an end. Most societies can no longer support their people. The globalisation of nations is forcing or holding down wages and most social security systems are on the brink of collapse.

Sounds like doom and gloom, but from that will spring the NEED to work for what one has, and not rely on others to provide for them. The time is here now where we need to secure our today and our futures for ourselves. Working smart and through duplication we can achieve this.

The generations of today can cry for their entitlements, their cries are falling on deaf ears.

Regards
Michael.

39 posts
4619 views

Put Some Skin in the Game! No, I am not buying you a computer in Team Building #Getting Started #PSA #Team Building

3 months ago

I have been asked for money, visas, a plane ticket, a car, a computer and clothing. Not once have I been asked for a book.

I have been sent photos of hungry children, injuries, houses falling down and storm ravaged communities.

What I have not been asked is ‘how are you?’ Or ‘are you ok today?’

The biggest issue with some, if not most, team members is that they cannot see that ‘putting some skin into the game’ means investing their time. Many of those that have funds invest as little as possible and those earning commissions cannot understand the word ‘reinvest ‘.

Entitlement is there and a problem, but the willingness to learn has waned in many with a sense that all learning should be easy. This has given rise to the ‘learn by video’ generation.

I agree, give a man a fish....teach a man to fish etc., is the best method of creating active team members, but how do your get them to put the bait on the hook to catch the fish when they want you to GIVE THEM THE FISH NOW!

I have some great leaders in my team. They are active, invested and leading their teams. I am fortunate.

31 posts
3034 views

My PSA is my CSA too is that possible? in Miscellaneous

3 months ago

I am not sure that would be right for the affiliate. The idea of a co-sponsor is to have another level of support. The database for SFI must be enormous so I am guessing that this would be a data error. I have a team member who is also co-sponsored by my own co-sponsor. That is the nearest I have seen.

6 posts
1244 views

SFI Compensation and Commission Volume in Compensation #Auto-Delivery #Marketing #Sales

3 months ago

A very good post Horace. You have outlined a very good plan and made it clear to others that they can achieve Team Leader status.

1 post
296 views

Game League Links and Email Updates in Bug Reports #Eager Zebra

4 months ago

Summary:
Same as this forum post: www.sfimg.com/forum/thread?id=110158

There are no links for current Game leagues and the Monday Ranking emails no longer get delivered.

Could you please reinstate links Game League links at Tripleclicks and Monday League email notifications.

Michael

36 posts
5182 views

Rewardicals Commission Questions Answered Here! in Compensation #Compensation #Rewardical #Sales

4 months ago

I have been here for over 12 years and seen many changes. There has always been a level of 'negativity' towards change because affiliates gear themselves to do one thing and then the goal posts get moved, usually without much notice. That is a part of business but major changes, like changing the whole focus of a massive platform such as Tripleclicks and bringing in Rewardicals on such a huge scale, are bound to bring feelings of unrest. Only a natural disaster or a huge conflict would bring about such huge change in the physical business world.

There have been changes in the past which did not work out so well for affiliates or SFI and then more changes were made to fix the other changes. Perhaps 'negativity' is a bit harsh a word. Perhaps 'misgivings' would be a better word for the feeling towards more changes.

I agree with Randy on this one. Let's see what happens. Hopefully these changes will be a change for the better and we can all settle back into business.

13 posts
1092 views

Twelve Years Today in Inspiration/Testimonials

4 months ago

Thank you all for your kind comments.

I can only add that you need nothing but the FACTS to succeed in any business;

FOCUS on your goals and dreams
ATTRACT people rather than try to convince
CONNECT with people, because success is about people not profit
TRAIN and improve your own skills whenever possible
SERVE like you would like to be served

With all of my heart and best wishes
Mike

13 posts
1092 views

Twelve Years Today in Inspiration/Testimonials

4 months ago

Today is my twelfth anniversary with SFI.
What a world of changes in that time, here and out there in the real world. Social media, mobile technologies, mass immigration, unrest with the people, governments who sometimes seem to have lost their meaning. Among all of this is the joy of families, celebrations, waking up in the morning to a new day. Blessed are we all.

When I joined SFI was a toddler, just finding it's feet and falling over sometimes. Now in my opinion it is a teenager with a very promising future. Yes, not quite there yet but learning and evolving every day, every month and every week. Losing the clumsiness or adolescence and becoming an adult. I see high hopes for this business for all who persist and persevere. For those that come looking for fast easy riches there is no future. Work is the only way to success.

In my twelve years I have seen 100's of thousands of people come and go from this business. Some didn't start, others didn't like a change to the business.

Other familiar faces are still here working their business and having a true belief in the future. I tip my hat to them, they are the core of this business. They are the ambassadors who lead the way.

Today I have one of the best and strongest teams that I have had the pleasure to work with and to help. In all of my twelve years there have not been any people like my current movers and shakers, PSAs and CSAs. Thank you for believing and thank you for persisting.

To Gery and the SFI crew. Keep at it team. You are building something great here. There is always more work to be done and always more people to teach. You have not yet reached your full potential.

Dream Big my fellow affiliates and here is to another twelve years at least...